Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund
Congress established the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) in 2000 to protect, restore, and conserve Pacific salmon and steelhead populations and their habitats. NOAA Fisheries manages the PCSRF program and provides funding to states and tribes to implement restoration projects in the Pacific Coast region — Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and Alaska. Thousands of PCSRF projects have been implemented since the program's inception, from providing fish passage to restoring wetlands, and have made important contributions to the health of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead populations. These accomplishments are summarized in the program's annual Reports to Congress identified below.
PCSRF funding is approved by Congress annually and distributed by NOAA Fisheries to states and tribes. In 2007, NOAA instituted a competitive funding process to allocate funds based on the agency's mission, goals, and regional priorities for salmon recovery. States, tribal commissions, and individual tribes not affiliated with a commission are all eligible to apply. In 2009, Congress amended the program to make Nevada eligible to apply for PCSRF funds. In addition to the PCSRF federal funds, states provide significant matching funds through their grant allocation processes. The federal and state project dollars are further supplemented by private and local contributions. Collectively, these funds contribute to the success of the PCSRF program. An announcement is published at grants.gov early each calendar year, outlining requirements and timing for the competitive funding process.
In addition, NOAA Fisheries and partner states and tribes have implemented an approach to track progress, measure performance, and ensure accountability in the use of public funds. These performance measures are described in the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund Performance Goals, Measures and Reporting Framework (694kb). The project status and performance information on all PCSRF projects can be accessed and queried on the PCSRF Project and Performance Metrics Database.